Abstract Art with Alma Woodsey Thomas
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This abstract art lesson let my students choose which painting format they wanted to try out — a circular or an vertical stripe one. By the way, this artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas, developed her signature style—large, abstract paintings filled with patterns of bright colors—in her 70s. She also was the first African American artist to have a show at the famous Whitney museum in New York.   MATERIALS Multimedia paper Liquid tempera paint Circle … Read More

Abstract Flower Mural
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I applied an abstract color treatment to a realistic flower to come up with this Abstract Flower Mural. Lots of coloring fun. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • 16 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Assembly instructions • Coloring Guide • Single Page Version FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 30″ x 37″ RECOMMENDED MEDIA: Portfolio Oil Pastels, 24 pack FOR BEST SHOPPING AND DOWNLOAD RESULTS 1. Visit Account page and create an account with your own password. 2. Add product … Read More

Abstract Cat Drawing
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This cat project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch, who sadly passed away recently. She had a wonderful style of drawing abstract cats with large eyes that always met in the middle. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie • Oil pastels (I prefer the Portfolio brand) DIRECTIONS 1. Students make three dots (in pencil) across the center of a paper. The 3 dots are connected to make the eyes. A … Read More

Mini Abstract Murals #1
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My Mini Abstract Mural Set #1 includes a smaller version of the original Matisse, Delaunay and Op Art Murals. NOTE: I used my favorite Portfolio brand oil pastels in my sample. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • Mini Matisse: 8 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Mini Delaunay: 6 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Mini Op Art: 6 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) Assembly instructions Coloring Guide Single Page Version FINISHED DIMENSIONS: • Mini Matisse: … Read More

Mini Abstract Murals #2
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I’ve created smaller versions of three of my Americana murals: The Statue of Liberty, USA Map and USA Flag. My Mini Murals are great for smaller groups, ambitious individuals or family fun. NOTE: I used my favorite Portfolio brand oil pastels in my sample. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • Klee Sun Mini Mural: 9 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Butterfly Mini Mural: 12 Coloring Pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Klee Big Red Mini Mural: … Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Neat coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will not have the same effect as this amazing young student’s art. Not up for the messiness of pastels? Markers are another option, if you want to keep things simple. MATERIALS • Drawing or multimedia paper • Black marker • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS … Read More

Abstract Grid Tree
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The abstraction of this Circle Grid Tree is easy if you start with a printed guide. Thanks to the amazing art of Loretta Grayson, who inspired this project. You can learn more her art here: rettgrayson.  I’m going to use this as one of my fall art fundraiser projects (I try several each year) and so I’ve made an instruction sheet and template that I am happy to share. I actually got all my pretty … Read More

Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that I see so many students get stuck with. • View and download Abstract Self … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that I see so many students get stuck with. • View and download Abstract Self … Read More

Abstract Face
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns. • View and download Abstract Face Tutorial MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black marker Crayons Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns. • View and download Abstract Face Tutorial MATERIALS Watercolor paper Black marker Crayons Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on … Read More

Abstract Snowman
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Here’s an abstract snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of homemade holiday cards. • View and download Abstract Snowman tutorial MATERIALS • Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ size • Cardboard templates: 5″ square, 4″ half circle, 3″ circle • Pencil • Markers • Hole punch • White paper • Glue stick DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Tree
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This abstract watercolor tree project will help students just concentrate on keeping paint inside simple shapes. If they start with some cardboard triangles to arrange and trace as desired, it will keep the lines straight and possibly an overabundance of tiny trees that are more difficult to paint. MATERIALS • Multimedia or Watercolor paper • Cardboard triangle templates, optional • Crayons • Watercolor paint • Hole punch • White paper, scraps • White glue … Read More

Abstract Still Life
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This project is good for learning about overlapping shapes. 1. Older students can draw these four shapes: coffee cup, goblet, bowl and plate, overlapping in any way they wish. Younger students, like 1st and 2nd grade may do better with stencils so they can focus their attention on the painting. The art is drawn with a pencil and then traced heavily with a crayon. 2. All the shapes created are painted a different color … Read More

Abstract Winter Tree
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A simple illustration I came across in a website inspired this project. 1. Give out 2 different sizes of narrow triangle cardboard templates, and ask have students draw 3 triangles (trees) across the middle of a sheet of paper. 2. Students to draw a curvy ground line, and then connect the ground with the trees in a straight line to make the trunks. “V” shapes may be added in the trees to look like … Read More

Abstract Face Painting
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Want to fall in love with kid’s art? Try this project (see drawing tutorial HERE) with some simple supplies and see what happens. The younger the student the better. This painting, made by a kinder named Summer, just takes my breath away. I could look at it all day.   MATERIALS Watercolor paper Sharpie marker, chisel-tip, black Crayons Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS I started with reading the Eric Carle book “The Artist Who … Read More

Abstract Rooster
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This geometric approach to making a rooster worked well for a collage, so I recycled the idea for a painting. The half circle, square and triangles make it easy for young artists, like kinder and first grade. • View and download Rooster Tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Half circle and square templates for young students (optional) • Permanent Sharpie marker • Crayons • Liquid watercolor  DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the rooster as … Read More

Crazy Abstract Cow Painting
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I was inspired by this fun basic cow shape, and used it for my last watercolor class. Loved how this student, Zoe, made her cow so stylish and decorative.   MATERIALS Watercolor paper Crayons Black Sharpie marker Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS Draw the cow, starting with the head, then body, then tail. Trace all the lines with a black permanent marker. Use a crayon to add decoration lines. Paint with liquid watercolor paint.

Frank Stella Abstract Drawing
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you can see HERE. For students learning how to use protractors with their math, it’s perfect tool to play around with in art class.   MATERIALS • Sharpie Markers, brush tip recommended for smooth coloring • Finger paint paper (makes a shiny finish) … Read More

Abstract Numbers
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Charles DeMuth was an American artist who lived in the early 1900’s, famous for his abstract paintings. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Ruler • Black marker • Crayola Color Sticks or crayons DIRECTIONS DeMuth’s “Figure 5 in Gold” is a wonderful abstract painting to show children as they can easily see the firetruck elements in it. 1. Students draw their own large block number on a piece of paper. I like to give the … Read More

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